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5 ways to deal with the (potential) SEPTA strike

5 ways to deal with the (potential) SEPTA strike

by Josh Kruger and Randy LoBasso The possibility of a strike looms larger each time SEPTA’s transit workers’ union and management can’t agree to a new contract. Last night was one of those times. SEPTA director of media relations Jerri Williams says in a statement that TWU “has refused to engage in bargaining since Friday afternoon when SEPTA put an...

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Local librarian chronicles Philly history through digital collection

Local librarian chronicles Philly history through digital collection

Image via Philadelphia Studies History is important.  Technology is awesome.  Local librarian Michael Krasulski knows this. And he weds them together in his blog, “Philadelphia Studies,” a digital collection of “Philadelphia history through books, ephemera, and the Episcopal Church.” Up front, that may sound a little dry. But, then you start to dig...

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Here are your new SEPTA El seats

Here are your new SEPTA El seats

Plan Philly reported last month that the Market Frankford El cars were about to get “an interior facelift.” That included replacing the blue fabric upholstery seats with fiberglass seat panels. And if the above picture, and my ride home on Tuesday, is any indication, they’re sort of here! As per to PP: Unlike the current seats, which stain easily and...

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On second thought, PA House now passes Transportation bill

On second thought, PA House now passes Transportation bill

*This is an update to Tuesday’s column, Bicycle Coalition, SEPTA impacted by Transportation Bill failure and Wednesday’s print column, Why We Can’t Have Nice Things. For the upteempth time in human history, doomsday has been averted. After a total fail on the transportation bill Monday night, Tuesday found the Pennsylvania state House singing a different...

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Bicycle Coalition, SEPTA impacted by Transportation Bill failure

Bicycle Coalition, SEPTA impacted by Transportation Bill failure

On Monday, the Pennsylvania state House failed to pass a long-debated and anticipated $2.3 billion transportation funding bill which would have: used state funds to repair the commonwealth’s crumbling roads and bridges; injected millions of dollars into state mass transit funding for new technologies and train cars; and, restructured PennDOT to take cycling...

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As SEPTA “doomsday budget” looms, just days left to pass transit funds

As SEPTA “doomsday budget” looms, just days left to pass transit funds

How quickly time flies when you’re stuck in deadlock, waiting for your state capital to pass funds so you can continue taking the train to work! Because can you believe it? There are only 10 legislative days left in Harrisburg to pass the massive transportation funding bill in 2013 (Nov. 13, 18, 19, 20; Dec. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18), and the General Assembly...

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Well-timed study says living near SEPTA is money

Well-timed study says living near SEPTA is money

SEPTA may be in a funding fight for its life, and if they lose, don’t say they didn’t go down swinging. The Authority recently commissioned a study to show the effect of access to regional rail on the prices of suburban houses. It’s pretty much a naked attempt to prove their worth to the southeastern part of the state outside the city, and it may be just...

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4 things we are going to miss about SEPTA tokens

4 things we are going to miss about SEPTA tokens

SEPTA has been the butt of many jokes over the years. Their service can be a bit shoddy, they’re still stuck in a 19th-century payment system and most of us have no idea when they’re going to get to any of the numerous projects designed to make Philadelphia’s transit system top-notch again. But hey: It looks like the Authority is finally getting around...

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State House on Transportation, SEPTA funding: ‘We’re getting there. Maybe.’

State House on Transportation, SEPTA funding: ‘We’re getting there. Maybe.’

Unfortunately for those of us living in the greater Philly area, the recent and distant future of our rail system relies on another system run by a bunch of politicians who drive to work, are ready to hold meaningless votes and consider mass transit a government handout. Fortunately for us, sort of, those people are at least back at their jobs. And recent actions...

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SEPTA Reports 68 Assaults on Its Drivers So Far in 2012

SEPTA Reports 68 Assaults on Its Drivers So Far in 2012

According to a report provided to Philadelphia Weekly by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), there have been at least 68 assaults on vehicle operators so far this year. The incident report, “Operator Assaults by Month,” shows that drivers are regularly spit on and verbally abused by passengers. They’ve been cut and had...

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